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Summer's Here posted on July 27, 2005

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We’ve had a cool June and early July, but now the sun is shining. In keeping with the old adage “Make hay while the sun shines,” we are out getting in our first hay crop. (Isn’t it interesting how many folk sayings come from farming? “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “Cream always rises to the top.” “You can lead a horse to water, but....”) The strawberries we planted are day-neutral, which means that they ripen over a longer period of time than the June-bearing strawberries, which ripen all at the same time--in June, of course. We are now selling berries, garlic (and some veggies) at the Tuesday Farmers Market in Ganges, and as they come in more heavily, perhaps at the Saturday market as well. In our “spare time” we are continuing to build fences and plan for a barn.

Big news on the farm—we have a new puppy. Roxy is a 12 week old female, half German Shepherd, half Golden Retriever. She’s a sweet-natured dog, with a lot of spirit. (She NEVER is allowed to go in the B&B suite...no animals have ever been in the suite.)

We have a pair of large red-tailed hawks hanging about right now, the deer are browsing happily, and the woodpeckers are finding out that the very early apples are almost ripe. Peas ripened and are now frozen for next winter. We enjoyed the first two ripe tomatoes yesterday (Early Girls), we’re eating lots of lettuce and broccoli and the first tender zucchinis. The flower bed in front of the suite is flourishing with sweet peas, snapdragons, lavatera, rudbeckia, zinnias and a few volunteer sunflowers from the bird feeder! This is such a bountiful time of year, and we revel in the warmth and beauty.

Older Entries

August 03, 2008 August Cornucopia
March 02, 2008 Spring 08
May 04, 2007 New sheep for spring
December 04, 2006 Winter comes early
August 30, 2006 Harvest Time
May 29, 2006 Spring 2006
February 03, 2006 Wet and Windy Winter
December 04, 2005 Getting ready for winter
July 27, 2005 Summer's Here
May 31, 2005 Spring Planting
March 20, 2005 Almost Spring on Salt Spring Island
March 12, 2005 Salt Spring Island in Winter

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